Azalea Encore© ‘Amethyst’




If you’ve got a sunnier garden and love azaleas but long for an extended bloom time, Encore Azaleas are for you! While most traditional azaleas have a spectacular spring bloom, the Encore series extends off and on flowering through the summer and into fall. Encores are also very sun tolerant and enjoy 4–6 hours of direct sunlight a day. If you plant it in slightly shadier conditions, it will thrive but produce less repeat blooming throughout the summer and fall months. And for those who love purple, Encore Autumn Amethyst features vibrant 2” purple-pink flowers with green foliage that turns purple during the winter months for nonstop color and structure in the garden. Its compact size, heat tolerance, and cold hardiness make it one of the best all-round choices for azalea lovers everywhere. Tend to its needs of acidic, well-drained soil, late winter/early spring fertilizing, and regular watering and you’ll be treated to a year’s worth of spectacular garden color!

Features & Benefits

  • Vibrant 2” purple-pink blooms
  • Spring, summer, and fall bloom time
  • Green foliage that turns purple in the winter
  • Compact size is ideal for smaller gardens and container gardens, or mass planting in woodland gardens
  • Moderate growth rate
  • Moderate drought tolerance once established
  • Cold hardy, heat tolerant, and disease-resistant
  • Pollinator magnet

Care & Space

  • Plant in full to partial sun
  • Plant Height: 4’
  • Plant Width: 4’
  • Growth Habit: Nicely rounded shape
  • Plant in acidic, well-drained soil and water consistently as plant is getting established.  Fertilize with a balanced slow-release fertilizer in late winter or early spring. Lightly prune after blooming is complete.
  • USDA Zones 6a–10b